Latinos in the United States are a growing influence in American society and bring an important and diverse perspective to the issues we all care about, including keeping our air and water clean and protecting our planet for future generations to enjoy.
Almost 9 in 10 Hispanic voters prefer the United States to invest in clean, renewable energy sources over fossil fuels. And 86% of Latinos support the Obama administration taking action to limit carbon pollution – an even higher percentage than the 61% of all Americans who support the President’s climate action plan.
Perhaps this is because people of color, including Latinos, are disproportionately affected by water and air pollution. Latino children have a 40% greater chance of dying of asthma and almost half of all Latinos in the United States live in one of the 25 most ozone-polluted cities in the country.
Latino communities across the country have been doing some inspiring organizing for environmental justice and to protect the health of their families. And since 2011, the League of Conservation Voters has been proud to partner with Latino communities across the country to push for action on the issues of climate change and clean energy.
In 2012, we worked with our state league partners in Colorado and New Mexico -- as well as local Latino groups -- to build a grassroots movement of Latino activists for environmental action in these key states. In that initial effort, we successfully mobilized more than 10,000 Latinos to take action to stop water pollution and protect against the public health concerns arising from oil and gas drilling.
Going forward, LCV will continue to work with these leaders, community activists, and the Spanish-language media to tell the stories about how climate change is impacting Latino communities, and show how much energy there is for environmental action to protect ourselves, our families, and our planet.
We are supporting community organizing programs that are involving the local Latino communities in public health and climate change issues in Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, and New Mexico. Read full descriptions of our organizing programs in the southwestern United States here.
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In our nation’s capitol, LCV has been building relationships with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and working with other influential Latino leaders to create opportunities to elevate their voices and leadership on environmental issues. In September 2013, the League of Conservation Voters hosted a national press call with two environmental champions of the U.S House of Representatives—Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico—in which they discussed the need for national policies that address climate change, ensure clean air and clean water, and protect public lands for all Americans.
In February 2014, LCV hosted another national press call with Representative Linda Sánchez of California, who scored a perfect 100% on the 2013 National Environmental Scorecard. Rep. Sánchez spoke of the importance of addressing climate change and reducing air and water pollution for the health of all communities, particularly Latino communities around the country. She also encouraged Latinos to continue their involvement in demanding government action on environmental and public health issues.
For the past few years, we've also analyzed how Latino members of Congress have scored on LCV's National Environmental Scorecard. This has shown how the vast majority of our Latino elected officials are standing up for our communities' health and future. See the 2013 Congressional Hispanic Caucus' scores here, and all Latino members of Congress' 2014 scores here.
Huffington Post Latino Voices: From the Fields to Congress: Latinos are Environmental Champions (March 31, 2015)
Arizona Capitol Times: Arizonans expect SRP to reject rate hike and tax on rooftop solar (February 25, 2015)
Fox News Latino: Latino voices helped secure San Gabriel Mountains as national monument, let's keep it up (October 13, 2014)
EFE: Lanzan campaña en Nuevo México y Arizona por la energía limpia (24 de julio de 2014)
El Diario: Environmental group encourages Latinos to push for clean energy (July 24, 2014)
The Hill: Green group targets Latinos in clean energy push (July 23, 2014)
Huffington Post Latino Voices: This Week's EPA Rule Is Literally a Lifesaver for Latino Families (June 5, 2014)
Albuquerque Journal: Latino Community Should Rejoice For Monument (May 29, 2014)
Huffington Post Latino Voices: Impact of Climate Change Should Make Hispanic Community Lose Sleep (April 3, 2014)
La Prensa: La congresista Sánchez anima a latinos a implicarse en la defensa medioambiental (25 de febrero de 2014)
Fox News Latino: President’s State of the Union Has Implications for Health of Hispanic Families (January 31, 2014)
Noticieras Televisa: Minorías del sur, las más afectadas por cambio climático (19 de septiembre de 2013)